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Pokémon Appears in Ka`bah, Triggers Debates

The appearance of Pokémon fictional characters in the Grand Mosque in Makkah has angered many Muslims after making their holiest place on earth a battle ground for players while others said it was merely an entertainment game.

Hajj Saudi Security Control Room

Hajj Ministry Uses Tech for Security Preparations at Holy Sites

Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Mohammed Salih Bentin, has confirmed the existence of a highly equipped control room of the ministry within the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah to monitor and follow up on the grouping of pilgrims and the congestions on the streets.

Hajj Carts

Electric Family Carts for Hajj Pilgrims

The Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques is currently considering the introduction of family carts in the Grand Mosque for use by pilgrims to perform the Saie (the ritual walk between the mounts of Safa and Marwa).

Murad Hofmann’s Journey to Makkah

Led by an imam from Rabat, we were holding our evening and night prayers together, our sore knees resting on just those tiny but sharp pieces of gravel, the size of chick peas, from which we were to pick up 49 pebbles in order to be appropriately supplied for the rites of stoning…

Businessman Sponsors Hajj for Needy Muslims

In a country where the majority lives below the poverty line, a Malawian Muslim businessman has been sponsoring hajj journey for needy and poor Muslims to Makkah, in a gesture many described as a “rare sacrifice”.

Saudi to Issue Pilgrims Smart Wristbands

Saudi Arabia has revealed plans to offer electronic identity bracelets to pilgrims during the annual hajj in September, to prevent any other hajj disasters after 2400 died in last year’s stampede.

Where is the Closest Church to Makkah

Where is the Closest Church to Makkah?

Salam (Peace) Dear Anthony, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. I greet you with the Muslim greeting of peace. The first problem you will encounter in trying to visit the holy city of Makkah is that, as far as I know, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not grant visas for …

Grand Mosque Navigation App Launched

A new app allowing millions of Muslims to easily navigate the Grand Mosque in Makkah has been released, designed to guide users to places inside Muslim holiest place of worship in the world.

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